Mortimer, the raven, and his unflagging, sensible sidekick, Arabel, are back with four more hilarious, very British sequences of mishaps. Wayward and indomitable, with the conscience of a two-year-old, the inventiveness of a 14-year-old enfant terrible, and the slyness of an elderly reprobate, Mortimer is a classic scene-stealer. Nonchalantly consuming not only an astounding number of edibles but such unlikely objects as upholstery tacks and a large bar of gold, always so as to cause a maximum of inconvenience; inadvertently obstructing various unworthies, including an elderly graffiti artist, an obnoxious cousin of Arabel's and a band of invading mice; involved in such whimsical pursuits as collecting dead wasps--Mortimer heedlessly complicates the action to the point of sidesplitting mayhem. The other characters are sketched with devastating wit, making them excellent stooges for Mortimer's depredations. A special treat for Mortimer's (and Aiken's) fans.